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Amendment addresses large scale water resource challenges

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

All of us depend on safe and reliable water resources and infrastructure every single day.  Unfortunately, existing water resources and infrastructure in many parts of the state are struggling to meet current demands and are soon projected to be unable to meet future demands.

While some regions are facing increased demands on resources as a result of rapid population growth, others are seeing existing resources

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Opposing Obama’s immigration order

by Congressman Sam Graves

Late last month, the Supreme Court decided to block one of the many executive orders President Obama has issued during his time in office. The Court ruled what all of us already knew — Obama can’t just hand out amnesty to 4 million illegal immigrants.

The ruling was a win for the Constitution and for our entire legal system. But more than that, it was a

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Identifying parents easier now for adoptees

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the past few weeks, I have written about a number of bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 session.  These capitol reports have covered Step Therapy, Livestock Liability and Civics Education.  This week, the report is about House Bill 1599 sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), which covers the subject of child adoption.

There are over 500,000 adoptees in Missouri (about 8%

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Sam Graves Endorses Donald Trump

Highlights Businessman’s Strength on Immigration, National Security

Congressman Sam Graves today announced his endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Graves, who represents northern Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives, will attend the Republican National Convention next week to pledge his support for the 2016 nominee.

“There are a few issues that I’ve always considered fundamental to the future of this country. Without strength in our economy, our military, and

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Capitol Perspectives: Disappearing government in our increasingly digital world

by Phill Brooks

While political scientists and long-time Missouri statehouse observers have bemoaned the loss of institutional memory arising from legislative term limits, there’s another institutional memory loss that has arisen during the same period. There’s a surprising reason — the digital era.

I was reminded of that danger this summer as I’ve been updating the online state government databases of Missouri Digital News (http://mdn.org).

One of my

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Identifying parents easier now for adoptees

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the past few weeks, I have written about a number of bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 session.  These capitol reports have covered Step Therapy, Livestock Liability and Civics Education.  This week, the report is about House Bill 1599 sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), which covers the subject of child adoption.

There are over 500,000 adoptees in Missouri (about 8%

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FY 2016 revenue totals mark impending tax cuts as reckless

Final state general revenue numbers for fiscal year 2016 show that Missouri simply cannot afford tax cuts passed by the legislature in 2014.

While poor revenue growth has put off the pain of steep cuts to services for at least an additional year, the combination of unmet needs and new budget restrictions to be announced this week indicate that lawmakers should revise the tax cuts before it’s too late. Lawmakers

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s money matters: $27 billion budget begins 

by Mark D. Hughes

For most Missourians, the first of July brings plans and preparation to celebrate Independence Day — one of America’s biggest holidays. For all Missourians — and usually with much less fanfare and fireworks — July 1 also brings the beginning of a new state fiscal year and the start of a $27.4 billion spending plan that bankrolls every service and expenditure the state will make in

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Graves Issues Statement After Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Amnesty

U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled that President Obama’s 2014 executive order on amnesty is unconstitutional. The ruling confirms that the Obama administration does not have the authority to prevent four million illegal immigrants from being deported.

“This ruling is a win for the Constitution and the rule of law,” Rep. Graves said. “But it’s also a win for American workers and

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